Felix Yusupov Haiku

How to kill perv priest? Lure him into murder trap With fit wife and cake. Today's subject for Crossdresser Week is Felix Yusupov, because damnit, it's been way too long since we've had a Russian on here. His main claim to fame has nothing to do with dressing up as a (reportedly very pretty) woman, … Continue reading Felix Yusupov Haiku

Vera Karalli Haiku

Like perv Rasputin Is going to stay to get shanked If there's no hot dames. Vera Karalli, Russian ballerina, silent film actress, dance instructor, and probable co-conspirator in Rasputin's assassination, was born 129 years ago today. In those dramatic years before the Russian Revolution, she starred in a whopping sixteen silent films, including the very … Continue reading Vera Karalli Haiku

Abram Petrovich Gannibal Haiku

To Siberia Exiled; how does one not freeze? Let's build a fortress. Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696-1781) was the great grandfather of famed Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and had a pretty damned storied life himself. The boy who would be Abram was probably born in Eritrea, although there's debate about this. His father, a wealthy man, … Continue reading Abram Petrovich Gannibal Haiku

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Haiku

Rules for happy life - Do not wed a Romanov, Don't stand near mine shafts. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna was killed a hundred years ago today, a day after her little sister, Empress Alexandra, was shot up in an Ekaterinaburg cellar with husband, children, servants, and dog. Somehow, Elizabeth's end managed to be even worse. … Continue reading Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Haiku

Maria Bochkareva Haiku

Ditch brutal husband Form Battalion of Death Bayonet the Hun The Night Witches of World War II, while awesome, were not without precedent. Russians had been primed to consider female soldiers in the prior global showdown - that is, female soldiers serving openly, without strapping down their chests and hoping nobody notices. Enter Maria Bochkareva. … Continue reading Maria Bochkareva Haiku